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Winter is that time of year which can bring its own unique circumstances that make accidents more likely and dangers more catastrophic. Of course, not all accidents are preventable, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize accidents and the potential impact on yourself and your family. Below are a list of 10 Safety Tips to prepare for the upcoming winter from the perspective of experts in New York Personal Injury Law:

  1. Smoke and Fire Detectors – Fires are a major concern in the cold weather months with the need for heat and the simple recognition that many people use different heating sources depending on their circumstances. Regardless of the heating sources used, smoke and fire detectors are a must. These should be installed and inspected prior to winter months to ensure that they are working properly and, if necessary, the batteries have been replaced and are in good working order. This simple safety device can make an immeasurable difference in the prevention of tragedy.
  2. Servicing your car – Prior to the winter, you should bring your car or cars to be serviced and winterized. This will insure that your tires are in good shape and can handle road conditions as much as possible. Your fluids will be checked and replaced to insure that your engine will not have any issues and your windshield wiper fluid is full for those snowy and sleety days when you really need it.
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Playgrounds and their equipment are heavily regulated and must meet certain safety requirements. However, new and unexpected hazards can still arise. Last week, a 9-year old Wisconsin boy was burned when the slide he was using suddenly bubbled up and exploded according to a report by Fox News. The cause of this accident is still under investigation as slides of this type are installed in playgrounds all over the world. The slide was manufactured by Landscape Structures Inc. out of Delano, Minnesota.

A discussion was held with a local expert on playgrounds and their installation to determine how something like this could possibly have happened. The expert theorized that there could have been something inside of the plastic slide that caused it to burst, possibly hot air from sitting in the sun, which expanded inside the softened plastic or, perhaps, there was something combustible inside the plastic slide and static shock ignited it. The expert stated that hot air alone should not cause second degree burns. It was also pointed out that there are various warnings on all of the equipment manufactured by Landscape Structures Inc. which include warnings about the surfaces of the playground equipment getting hot and the need for inspection prior to use.

The local expert also explained that playground equipment needs to be maintained and a documented maintenance plan must be in place. This is the responsibility of the owner of the playground equipment. It is unclear at this time if that had any role in this accident, however. In addition, it is important for playground owners to hire Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI) which is the industry leading certification program in playground safety as certified by The National Recreation and Park Association.

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Fires are a dangerous reality in New York City given the number of buildings and large population. Early in the morning, more than 200 firefighters responded to a 3-alarm fire, which began around 4:47 a.m. at an 11-story building on 48th Street and 7th Avenue. According to a report by CBS New York, the fire started in the ductwork of a Times Square restaurant called “TSQ Brasserie.” Two injuries were reported, but the extent of the injuries is not yet known. One victim was taken to a local hospital.

Fire and explosion accidents can cause severe injuries to victims, which may dramatically alter their standard of living. Victims of fires and explosion accidents may require extensive hospital care and numerous surgeries following the accident. Burn injuries are particularly devastating and can cause a plethora of emotional and physical conditions.

Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool accepts its cases on a contingency fees basis. This means that our clients incur absolutely no out-of-pocket fees. No monetary compensation is expected from our clients until and unless we are able to secure compensation on their behalf. In which case, our legal fees are a mere fraction of the compensation that you receive.

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Once again, a serious fire has been reported in New York City resulting in the death of a 1-year old baby and critical injuries to two adults. This time, the fire apparently started inside an apartment on the 13th floor of the Howard Houses on Mother Gaston Boulevard in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn as reported by CBS New York. There was serious fire, smoke and water damage to the building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. It is unclear at this time whether the smoke alarms and fire exits were functioning properly and in compliance with the New York Building code.

Fire accidents occur in New York with an overwhelming propensity Accidents of this nature can cause victims to sustain debilitating and life-altering injuries in addition to resulting in the destruction of property. Unfortunately, the majority of fires are a result of negligent behavior on the part of building owners, landlords, electricians or product manufacturers. It is imperative that these individuals and corporations be held liable for their actions in order to prevent such events from occurring in the future. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool represent individuals who have been injured or family members of individuals killed in fire accidents that have occurred due to the negligence of others. New York State law allows for injured individuals or the family’s of deceased victims to bring forth a claim against the responsible party and recoup compensation for and damages sustained as a result of the fire. Retaining an experienced attorney can expedite the process for you, in addition to ensuring that you receive the maximum possible compensation.

Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool accepts its cases on a contingency fees basis. This means that our clients incur absolutely no out-of-pocket fees. No monetary compensation is expected from our clients until and unless we are able to secure compensation on their behalf. In which case, our legal fees are a mere fraction of the compensation that you receive.

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Winter time in New York often results in increased reports of explosions from radiators, boilers and steam pipes in apartment buildings due their increased use as the weather gets colder. A tragedy was reported by the New York Daily News involving a radiator explosion in a Bronx apartment on Hunts Avenue near Lafayette Avenue in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Two young girls, both under the age of 5, suffered life-threatening burns from a radiator steam explosion in their Bronx apartment. The girls were rushed by Paramedics to Lincoln Hospital with critical injuries, the details of which are not known at this time.

The critical question in this matter is, of course, what caused the radiator to explode. A detailed investigation must be undertaken to determine if the radiator was old, defective and importantly maintained by the landlord or managing agent for the building in question A claim of negligence could potentially be brought against the landlord or managing agent. on behalf of the children who sustained these injuries.

Explosion accidents occur in New York with an overwhelming propensity Accidents of this nature can cause victims to sustain debilitating and life-altering injuries in addition to resulting in the destruction of property. Unfortunately, a majority of explosions are a result of negligent behavior on the part of building owners, landlords, electricians or product manufacturers. It is imperative that these individuals and corporations be held liable for their actions in order to prevent such events from occurring in the future. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool represent individuals who have been injured or family members of individuals killed in explosion accidents that have occurred due to the negligence of others. New York State law allows for injured individuals or the family’s of deceased victims to bring forth a claim against the responsible party and recoup compensation for and damages sustained as a result of the explosion. Retaining an experienced attorney can expedite the process for you, in addition to ensuring that you receive the maximum possible compensation.

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Fire accidents occur in New York with an overwhelming propensity and are among the more devastating incidents to New York City Residents. On Tuesday night, according to a report by the New York Post, a fire in Brooklyn damaged two buildings in the Cypress Hills section. The fire broke out just before 9 p.m. in a vacant three-story building at 420 Lincoln Avenue and quickly spread to an adjacent residential home. One person was kills and others were injured in the blaze.

Accidents of this nature can cause victims to sustain debilitating and life-altering injuries in addition to resulting in the destruction of property. Unfortunately, a majority of fires are a result of negligent behavior on the part of building owners, landlords, electricians or product manufacturers. It is imperative that these individuals and corporations be held liable for their actions in order to prevent such events from occurring in the future. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool represent individuals who have been injured or family members of individuals killed in fire accidents that have occurred due to the negligence of others. New York State law allows for injured individuals or the family’s of deceased victims to bring forth a claim against the responsible party and recoup compensation for and damages sustained as a result of the fire. Retaining an experienced attorney can expedite the process for you, in addition to ensuring that you receive the maximum possible compensation.

In the case that you, or a loved one, have sustained an injury or been killed as a result of a fire accident do not hesitate to contact the New York law office of Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool today at (212)-406-1700 to schedule a free consultation appointment to discuss the legality of your claim.

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In a follow-up to a recent Blog post, and in furtherance of reports concerning Samsung phones, a report from CBS New York reveals that a 6-year old Brooklyn boy was burned while playing a game on his grandmother’s Samsung Galaxy Core cell phone. As described by his mother, the boy was playing on the phone, which was not being charged at the time, when the phone burst into flames. The little boy sustained burns to his hand.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that there may be serious defects associated with Samsung cell phone batteries. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool have over fifty years of collective experience litigating product liability claims. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to ensure that our clients receive the maximum possible compensation that they deserve.

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While the details of an obvious recall are being worked out, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to turn the off and to stop charging and using them. The risk of fire and explosion associated with the battery for the popular cell phone is a great risk to the health and safety of the consumer. In a report by ABC News, the dangers and incidents associated with these phones is well-documented. Fires have been reported and a recall is imminent.

Large corporations in the United States are responsible for selling a plethora of products to consumers each year and in turn, collecting billions of dollars in profits. These corporations, according to New York State law have a legal, as well as a moral, obligation to ensue that there products are safe for use and consumption and are not defective in any manner.

In the case where the product could be potentially harmful to the consumer’s safety, it is imperative that these corporations provide a proper warning. If corporations fail to provide the aforementioned warnings and knowingly and thus, negligently, sell dangerous products that may injure or seriously harm consumers, such companies can be held liable for their actions. Unfortunately, many of the injuries that result due to defective products could have been prevented had the manufacturer exercised the required degree of caution during the design of the product or provided consumers with adequate warnings regarding the hazardous consequences of using the product in a certain way.

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A fire in a New York City skyscraper is a serious and potentially deadly occurrence. On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, a fire broke out around 10:15 a.m. in a 12th floor machinery room in a skyscraper at 30 Broad Street near Exchange Place. According to a report by CBS New York, the New York City Fire Department had 26 units and 84 firefighters at the scene. A spokesman from the FDNY said three people have been injured, with one suffering serious burn injuries.

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Fire and explosion accidents occur in New York with an overwhelming propensity Accidents of this nature can cause victims to sustain debilitating and life-altering injuries in addition to resulting in the destruction of property. Unfortunately, majority of fires and explosions are a result of negligent behavior on the part of building owners, landlords, electricians or product manufacturers. It is imperative that these individuals and corporations be held liable for their actions in order to prevent such events from occurring in the future. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool represent individuals who have been injured or family members of individuals killed in fire and explosion accidents that have occurred due to the negligence of others. New York State law allows for injured individuals or the family’s of deceased victims to bring forth a claim against the responsible party and recoup compensation for and damages sustained as a result of the fire. Retaining an experienced attorney can expedite the process for you, in addition to ensuring that you receive the maximum possible compensation.

In the case that you, or a loved one, have sustained an injury or been killed as a result of a fire or explosion accident do not hesitate to contact the New York law office of Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool today at (212)-406-1700 to schedule a free consultation appointment to discuss the legality of your claim.

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Another fire occurred in an apartment building fire in the Bronx. This time, it has been reported that at least 6 people were injured on Monday. Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate as the flames spread. Most of the reported injuries were due to smoke inhalation.

Fires in New York City apartment buildings are a very common and dangerous occurrence. Often, these fires are due to the negligence of the building owner or managing agent. In order to protect the rights of someone killed or injured in a fire, a full and proper investigation must be done to ascertain if an injured person or their loves ones are entitled to compensation under New York law.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a fire, it is imperative that you hire a New York attorney experienced with handling and investigating these claims. These claims need to be investigated as soon as possible to preserve all necessary evidence and interview all witnesses. A delay in hiring the right New York attorney who knows how to do this can affect an injured person’s ability to obtain a full recovery from the responsible person or company.